As designers we find inspiration everywhere. When we’re out and about, in books and magazines, galleries and exhibitions—and, of course, on the internet. But to save you wading through the rough to find the diamonds, we’ve put together 50 of the best design blogs that you have to check out in 2017, as chosen by our talented teachers and resourceful students here at Shillington.
Which ones will spark your design vision? Check out our top choices and let us know any others that deserve a mention in the comments below.
Mirador is brought to you by Say What Studio, a graphic design duo based in Paris. They curate the most inspirational works out there and share them through this collection of projects.
FormFiftyFive was founded in 2007 by a group of designers, illustrators, coders and makers eager to collect and share the best design work they came across. Now an established international showcase of creative work, it’s a must-read for any designer wishing to keep up with trends or just get inspired by great design.
Abduzeedo is a collective of individual writers sharing articles about architecture, design, photography and UX. Founded by Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso in 2006, it’s particularly strong on 3D work, which is something that doesn’t get much attention from most design blogs.
4. Design Week
Founded in 1986, Design Week was the UK’s leading design magazine until 2011, when it became online-only. It continues to bring you high quality, well written news and inspiration across graphics, branding, interiors, digital, product, furniture and more.
Brought to you by the portfolio platform Format, Format Magazine is dedicated to sharing the work and experiences of photographers, designers, illustrators and artists around the world. It explores the creative mind through artist profiles, industry resources and documentary videos.
Founded in 1980, Creative Review is the world’s leading monthly magazine for advertising, design and visual culture. And the same high-quality journalism that informs it carries through to its website, which features a range of news, reviews and features from the creative world.
7. The Die Line
For all those packaging design lovers out there, The Die Line has it all wrapped up. Its recently undergone a website refresh, and is crammed full of brand inspiration with satisfyingly large imagery throughout.
Dezeen is a popular and influential online magazine covering architecture, design and interiors. Its website includes a recruitment section, opinion articles and inspiring projects from around the world.
9. Eye Magazine
Eye Magazine, the international review of graphic design, is a quarterly print magazine on graphic design and visual culture. It, and its associated blog, features a range of critical, informed writing about design and visual culture.
10. Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a UK-focused online magazine for professional designers, with a focus on techniques, best practices and useful resources.
11. InvisionApp Blog
Invision, one of the world’s leading prototyping, collaboration and workflow platforms, has a rather inspiring blog of its own, sharing thoughts on users, experience and design. Give this a whirl if you need advice on better design processes or you love the odd free icon set.
Shillington is a network of colleges offering an innovative approach to design education based on short, intensive courses and practical, industry focused learning. And it has its own blog, too, featuring a range of inspiring design work and insightful articles.
Under Consideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives and content, while taking on a limited amount of client work. Its Brand New blog is well-known for chronicling, and providing opinions on, corporate and brand identity work. It’s edited and written by Armin Vit.
14. Art of the Menu
Another great blog from Under Consideration, Art of the Menu catalogues the underrated creativity of menus from around the world. They welcome and encourage suggestions and submissions, and readers are free to comment on both the menu and the restaurant itself, if they’ve visited it.
The brainchild of Parisian art director Martin Joubert, Print.pm provides a daily burst of inspiration for lovers of editorial print design, mainly based around arty-looking books and magazines.
16. For Print Only
One more blog from Under Consideration that’s well worth a mention. For Print Only celebrates the reality that print is not dead, by showcasing the latest and greatest printed projects. Not only is the work superlative, but the writers get deep into the weeds, revealing lots of lovely detail about the design and print production methods.
17. The Dsgn Blog
The Design Blog is all about visual inspiration. Founded, designed and curated by Ena Baćanović, a designer based in Zagreb, Croatia, it features the work of designers and design studios from all over the world, putting the main focus on young designers and students
Run by Manchester-based graphic designer Paul Murray, The Book Design Blog aims to find and showcase inspirational publications from around the world. From self-published ‘zines to commercially produced books, and everything in between, anything vaguely book-like is considered for a feature.
BP&O stands for Branding, Packaging and Opinion, and it delivers on all of these things, with a combination of inspiring imagery and in-depth analysis. It’s the brain child of Richard Baird, a British freelance designer and writer who specialises in brand identities and packaging.
20. Design Clever
Design Clever is a collaboration started by Jonathan Ring and Bethany Baker, two aspiring graphic designers with a passion for everything design-related. This blog was created to showcase talented designers all over the world, and they encourage creatives everywhere to submit their work to it.
21. Grain Edit
Grain Edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s to the 1970s, as well as contemporary designers who draw inspiration from that era. It features interviews, articles, designers’ libraries, rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books. Based in California, it’s run by Dave Cuzner, Ethan Davis and Grace Danico.
Fonts In Use is a public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, and industry. An independent project led by Sam Berlow, Stephen Coles, and Nick Sherman, it documents and examines graphic design with the goal of improving typographic literacy and appreciation.
Readdd is a reading list for designers, updated daily with informative pieces relating to design, curated by Australian designer Julian Hutton. If you like, you can subscribe to the “weekly readdding list” to get the links by newsletter.
AilsleOne is an inspirational resource focused on design, typography, minimalism and modernism. It’s the work of Antonio Carusone, director of product design at MakeSpace.
Good Design Makes Me Happy began life in 2009 as an inspiration journal for graphic designer Hannah Dollery. As the name suggests, it’s a blog that’s full of passion for its subject, and the carefully curated work is always of high quality.
Set up by Dana Tomic Hughes, Yellowtrace is an online design publication that offers “design inspiration and resource for creative and curious minds”. Launched in 2010 as her passion project (much like Creative Boom) the site is updated daily and offers carefully curated content on interior design, architecture, art, photography, travel, and – yep, you guessed it, design.
This is the blog you’ll visit again and again. Brought to you by German award-winning designer Tobias van Schneider. Expect to discover his inspirations, his secrets to success and various career tips, along with plenty of industry insights.
Gurafiku is a blog dedicated to the history of graphic design in Japan. Brought to you by designer, Ryan Hageman, it seeks to “lift the barrier of language, and present the graphic design of Japan to an international audience”.
Whilst we’re on the subject of the Land of the Rising Sun, you simply must add Design Made In Japan to your list of essential blogs. You will never grow tired of the wealth of editorial, product and packaging design to be featured. There’s even a design jobs board for those wanting to work in Japan.
Mindsparkle magazine promotes the “most beautiful and inspiring projects” in the fields of graphic design, web design and video. With a clean and satisfying design of its own, it’ll become a daily inspiration, and you can rely on the founders to only share the very best.
Designcloud shares the best art, design and innovation from around the globe. With a graphic design category, content is organised in a nice grid format, so you can quickly browse and save anything that catches your eye.
32. It’s Nice That
Beautifully designed, industry-led and one of the best resources for keeping abreast of graphic design everywhere, It’s Nice That continues to be one of our favourite publications.
33. The Fox is Black
With a recent refresh under its belt, The Fox is Black is a “place for design, art, lifestyle, and inspiration”, courtesy of Bobby Solomon.
Typeroom calls itself “an online platform for the Typophile Generation”. Showcasing outstanding typographic works, featuring inspiring stories about the letterforms that matter and interviewing type designers from around the globe.
Just want to browse delicious web design? Httpster is exactly what you need. It’s an inspiration resource showcasing “totally rocking websites” made by designers everywhere.
36. The Design Files
The Design Files, named as one of the world’s top design blogs by The Times, covers Australian design in all its forms – from architecture and interiors to gardens, food, fine art and craft. And graphic design too, naturally.
Lovely Stationery shares the very best stationery design, and follows a similar format to its sister blog, Lovely Package.
Launched in 2011, The Inspiration Grid is an online magazine celebrating creative talent from around the world, providing a daily fix of art, illustration, typography, photography and… of course, graphic design. It has a clean, appealing design and everything is easy to find. One of our favourites.
David Bennett curates inspiring projects from graphic designers worldwide. Add this to your bookmarks for reliable content daily.
40. Creative Bloq
Creative Bloq is a blog launched by the makers of print magazines Computer Arts, net magazine and ImagineFX, and features a mixture of repurposed magazine articles and original content. It aims to bring the very best creative work to its audience, as well as keeping them up to date with trends and news.
The AIGA, otherwise known as The Professional Association for Design, has a wonderful blog called Eye on Design which is bursting with design inspiration. With contributors from around the world, you’ll never be bored with its varied content.
42. David Airey
Renowned graphic designer David Airey has his own blog where he shares a wealth of design inspiration, recommended resources and industry advice. An essential to follow.
Women of Graphic Design literally celebrates and champions women in graphic design. Focusing on posters and editorial designs, it’s curated by Tori Hinn and Kathleen Sleboda, along with a team of contributors.
Founded by Swedish designer Kristina de Verdier in 2008, Ambalaj is predominantly a packaging design blog, but it also tends to share the latest design innovations.
The official blog of 8 Faces magazine, this blog features inspirational typography, beautiful lettering, reviews, interviews with leading designers and much more. Curated by Jamie Clarke and Elliot Jay Stocks.
Swissmiss is the work of Tina Roth Eisenberg, a Swiss designer in New York who also founded and runs Tattly, CreativeMornings and TeuxDeux. It’s packed with visual inspiration, some of which can be quite offbeat, but never boring.
47. Wrap magazine
Primarily a print magazine, Wrap is published bi-annually and champions contemporary illustration. It also happens to have an excellent blog on tumblr where it shares colourful and quirky work from illustrators and graphic designers everywhere.
48. n v s b l t y
n v s b l t y is an inspiring blog by UK graphic designer Ross Berens that curates some of the latest design projects worldwide. One to bookmark.
49. Lovely Package
Lovely Package curates the very best in packaging design. Organised into handy categories such as alcohol, books and electronics, this has been an essential resource for designers since its launch in 2008.
Expect a perfectly organised blog with categorised sections and plenty of inspirational typography to wet your design appetite. Brought to you by designers Mike Sullivan, Marc Millic and David Cole.
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